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Why did we become historians? Well what if we hadn’t?

History Is For Everyone

For all our planning and grand designs, Contingent’s success has rested entirely on having support from others.

Showing the Work

Sharing the products of historical inquiry isn’t enough—we’ve got to show our work.

No Refuge

When Congress gave the Secretary of Labor discretion over any immigrant “likely to become a public charge,” they weren’t expecting someone like Frances Perkins.